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  • Black Friday - Robin Wood
    will use them what about the stuff that nobody buys Will it last or just fall apart after a few times of use I totally agree that we makers are part of the solution by producing high quality items and by contributing to preserve knowledge about our crafts and intangible cultural heritage Thanks for a great blog post Reply Lorna November 28 2015 at 4 06 pm Thank you for this lovely post Robin I agree with you entirely I bought one of your porringers 5 years ago as the very first Christmas present for the man who is now my husband I wanted something meaningful and enduring and that s what I got We now own 2 of your wooden plates and love them We are hoping to buy a couple more so we can share the experience when friends come to dinner Will you have more available soon Thanks again Reply Robin Wood January 19 2016 at 2 15 pm sorry for slow reply I will have porringers and plates available in the next few weeks Reply Penelope November 29 2015 at 4 36 pm Agreed Steve makers are definitely part of the solution as long as they are good makers creating beautiful timeless things made to last and of quality materials fixable if possible or at least re employable once damaged It s only when you get makers coughEtsycough that craft up loads of novelty stuff with big box cheap supplies that makers become part of the problem Humans will always want stuff we always have But practical beautiful quality things are not easily thrown away and that s the part of the product cycle we have to put our focus on Make stuff no one would ever throw out Big box stuff is designed to be thrown away because they want to sell you a new one next year Reply ET December 3 2015 at 1 24 pm I would consider buying a bowl but everything on your website is sold Reply Cat Brown December 10 2015 at 3 06 pm It is so refreshing to read your post I to have a struggle with the whole Black Friday super consumerism and fear that my work too could well be part of the problem But you and Steve Kubien are totally right We are NOT part of the problem we are most definitely part of the solution and this confirmation allows me to sleep soundly tonight Thank you x Reply Jen December 26 2015 at 8 14 pm I abandoned having a TV 2 years ago and have never looked back I have found more peace in not being bombarded by the negatives so prevalent in the media today and have taken time to focus more on what speaks to me and soothes my soul I very very recently started to experiment with spoon carving and feel such a calm and peace when working on things Feeling that connection to what I am doing is so
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/27/black-friday/?replytocom=253290 (2016-05-01)


  • Black Friday - Robin Wood
    will use them what about the stuff that nobody buys Will it last or just fall apart after a few times of use I totally agree that we makers are part of the solution by producing high quality items and by contributing to preserve knowledge about our crafts and intangible cultural heritage Thanks for a great blog post Reply Lorna November 28 2015 at 4 06 pm Thank you for this lovely post Robin I agree with you entirely I bought one of your porringers 5 years ago as the very first Christmas present for the man who is now my husband I wanted something meaningful and enduring and that s what I got We now own 2 of your wooden plates and love them We are hoping to buy a couple more so we can share the experience when friends come to dinner Will you have more available soon Thanks again Reply Robin Wood January 19 2016 at 2 15 pm sorry for slow reply I will have porringers and plates available in the next few weeks Reply Penelope November 29 2015 at 4 36 pm Agreed Steve makers are definitely part of the solution as long as they are good makers creating beautiful timeless things made to last and of quality materials fixable if possible or at least re employable once damaged It s only when you get makers coughEtsycough that craft up loads of novelty stuff with big box cheap supplies that makers become part of the problem Humans will always want stuff we always have But practical beautiful quality things are not easily thrown away and that s the part of the product cycle we have to put our focus on Make stuff no one would ever throw out Big box stuff is designed to be thrown away because they want to sell you a new one next year Reply ET December 3 2015 at 1 24 pm I would consider buying a bowl but everything on your website is sold Reply Cat Brown December 10 2015 at 3 06 pm It is so refreshing to read your post I to have a struggle with the whole Black Friday super consumerism and fear that my work too could well be part of the problem But you and Steve Kubien are totally right We are NOT part of the problem we are most definitely part of the solution and this confirmation allows me to sleep soundly tonight Thank you x Reply Jen December 26 2015 at 8 14 pm I abandoned having a TV 2 years ago and have never looked back I have found more peace in not being bombarded by the negatives so prevalent in the media today and have taken time to focus more on what speaks to me and soothes my soul I very very recently started to experiment with spoon carving and feel such a calm and peace when working on things Feeling that connection to what I am doing is so
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/27/black-friday/?replytocom=255076 (2016-05-01)

  • courses Archives - Robin Wood
    for teaching craft By Robin Wood on December 14 2012 in courses Uncategorized I have spent many years as a craftsman and then the last seven I have systematically developed a range of woodcarving courses This has been a very interesting process and I thought it may be useful to others that teach to know how my mind works So here are my 10 rules for teaching craft Continue Reading 4 crooked knife making with Jarrod Stone Dahl By Robin Wood on August 26 2012 in courses knives other woodwork Uncategorized I fell in love with the crooked knife 20 years ago when I watched Cesar s bark canoe the most incredible wood craft film showing César Newashish a 67 year old Attikamek building a canoe with three tools a cheap axe a pen knife and a crooked knife Apparently simple tools like these can often be surprisingly complex Continue Reading 6 spooncarving with Jögge Sundqvist By Robin Wood on August 25 2012 in courses other craftspeople spoon carving I have met and spent time with Wille Sundqvist several times and been inspired by his book Swedish Carving Technique both the technical advice and the life philosophy I had not met his son Jögge until this last week when he came to SPOONFEST taught 2 short classes in knife carving grasps for us and Continue Reading 0 best spoon carving courses in the UK By Robin Wood on July 14 2012 in courses spoon carving I started carving spoons 21 years ago inspired by Wille Sundqvists book Swedish Carving Technique back then there were no spoon carving courses the UK green woodworking scene was all about making windsor chairs on pole lathes I was totally inspired by Wille Sunqvist Carved utensils and other objects are a joy to use and
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/category/courses/ (2016-05-01)


  • traditional craft Archives - Robin Wood
    traditional craft For a long time it has been possible to buy clothing cheap and not know the true costs by that I mean the thousands of Indian cotton farmers that have committed suicide in the last ten years or the thousand killed in the horrific Bangladesh factory collapse Well there are alternatives Today my new jeans arrived in the Continue Reading 8 wisdom of hands great film about woodwork By Robin Wood on May 14 2013 in films philosophy traditional craft Uncategorized Professor Trevor Marchand is fast becoming a hero of mine Why because he understands what he calls the remarkable skilled knowledge of craftspeople Now I posted a film of this guy a few days ago but this one is better it gets better the further you get into it and the questions from 30 mins onwards Continue Reading 0 great film about what craft means By Robin Wood on May 6 2013 in films traditional craft Uncategorized This 10 minute film was made to celebrate the craft skills awards it includes film from the finalists workshops with their insights into why they do what they do and what it means to work in craft The awards judges I was one also add their thoughts I think all together it gives a good overview of Continue Reading 1 film of brilliant talk on anthropology of craft By Robin Wood on May 1 2013 in films traditional craft Uncategorized I heard Trevor Marchant give this talk at a conference last year and it is fantastic in that it shows a serious academic with a genuine understanding and reverence for the skills involved in traditional crafts and how they are passed on from generation to generation in traditional cultures I am delighted to discover that Trevor has Continue Reading 2
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/category/traditional-craft/ (2016-05-01)

  • Birch Bark Canoe build the final chapter - Robin Wood
    paddling together was just deeply joyful Then Jarrod took her out to put her through her paces and get a feel for how she handled Having only paddled in a modern plastic canoe I was very impressed First it is far lighter but more importantly it sits lower int he water which means it does not catch the wind It was quite a blustery day and I would have struggled to paddle my plastic canoe but the birch bark glided effortlessly over the water This boat is deeply embedded in Canadian culture it is a national icon a design which is replicated and not bettered in fibre glass GRP aluminium and kevlar We built it on a reservation of the Ojibwe people from materials gather locally Those materials are all to hand so any repairs could be carried out from the materials in the woodlands around It seems simply incredible to me that there is no support system from the US and Canadian government to ensure that these skills are kept alive Jarrod is one of maybe 8 serious builders folk that have made more than 5 canoes Most of those are old men it would be great to see these skills being passed on to the next generation If you missed the earlier posts here are links collecting bark and root More collecting bark collecting and working cedar setting out and stitching bark gunwales and thwarts You may also like to read Sharing craft at North House Folk School Birch bark canoe trip to the boundary waters Teaching and learning in the USA The clogmaker s apprentice Film about one of Britain s greatest living potters The clogmaker s apprentice 3 Responses to Birch Bark Canoe build the final chapter Craig Majoros September 29 2014 at 1 00 am Very much enjoy your blog and all the hand crafts The birch bark canoe brought back a memory for me In the early 1980 s I was the college nurse Sterling college in Craftsbury Vermont A wonderful birch bark canoe builder visited the college to show the students how it was done http www birchbarkcanoe net I think he still does his craft not sure though Anyway keep up the good works Reply Robin Wood September 29 2014 at 7 13 am Yes Henri is probably the most famous of the 8 builders I mentioned we have corresponded a few times over the years and he is still building Reply Ted Hodson October 17 2014 at 7 34 pm Thank you for the excellent build log I m keeping my eye out for big birch trees We are fortunate in Peterborough Ontario to have a museum dedicated to canoes It is a beautiful interactive facility with a workshop suitable for building even birchbark canoes A few of Caesar s canoes reside in the museum http www canoemuseum ca Reply Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Comment Search Blog Posts News
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/09/28/birch-bark-canoe-build-final-chapter/ (2016-05-01)

  • China a craftsman's view - Robin Wood
    of the Miao minority people China is 91 Han Chinese the remaining 9 are from 56 distinct minority cultures and Gizhou province is home to 46 of those all have their own traditional dress and customs which were richly celebrated at the Expo Here are a few more examples of traditional dress I loved this girls outfit and wondered how heavy these huge dramatic silver adorned hats were She let me try it on and it was really very light indeed In the next hall to us there were lots of working craftspeople from silversmiths to weavers to basketmakers and folk making costume this lady is doing batik And this adorable child was remarkably adept at the embroidery used on their traditional costume And I guess this is what it was all about there were very good visitor numbers with the halls packed for three days but every now and then a local big wig politician would come round with ensuing media scrum If I remember rightly this one is the governor of Gizhou province visiting the lovely Dutch folk making pewter work on the next stand One day perhaps we will have a huge show in London with the best of the UKs traditional crafts and culture celebrated alongside the best from the rest of the world with the culture minister and TV scrum We are a long way off that just now though Next posts will show China street life and a visit to a rural Miao village You may also like to read Do what you love Sharing craft at North House Folk School Birch bark canoe trip to the boundary waters Haddon Hall show preview The Old Art and Craft Debate China street life 4 Responses to China a craftsman s view Jarrod November 26 2013 at 5 55 pm thanks for the great info and photos Reply Tim November 27 2013 at 8 45 pm What a great opportunity Reply Ingrid van Delden December 4 2013 at 2 46 pm Great Reply Irene Tukuafu January 14 2014 at 2 40 pm I have sooooooooooo loved reading everything about your blog and the photos of the Chinese people and your short stay there Someday I want to go there as well I lived in Hawaii for 30 years and loved all kinds of folks there I m making spoons and spatulas and sometime I ll send you a photo of what I do Mostly I make harps and other musical instruments but for the bread and butter little things I m going into kitchen stuffs made of wood THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting the marvelous photos of your spoons HOW INSPIRING aloha irene Reply Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Comment Search Blog Posts News and social media My newsletter has updates on new products courses and events Sign up here Latest blog posts Creative goodness The story of a spoon Spooncarving knife making in
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/11/26/china-craftsmans-view/ (2016-05-01)

  • new boots and panties - Robin Wood
    post and I agree with you 100 about the actual cost of theses boots when we think about longevity I once bought a pair of Dr Martens back in 2001 when they were still made in England and have used them for so many years the quality of the materials was impressive I think they cost around 175 CAD back then and it was the best footwear I have ever bought Now you re convincing me to try the ones from Lennon and son thanks Reply Nick Conner June 7 2013 at 3 10 pm Hello Robin I m glad to see the new boots I ve been wearing a pair of White s Smoke Jumpers for 5 years now They are hand made in Spokane Washington They are one of the last American work boot makers They cost 400 five years ago and the are worth every penny I would have gone through 3 pairs of lesser boots in that time They are ready for a re sole so they will be visiting their birthplace soon Reply Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Comment Search Blog Posts News and social media My newsletter has updates on new products courses and events Sign up here Latest blog posts Creative goodness The story of a spoon Spooncarving knife making in Sheffield Do what you love The Man Who Made Things From Trees me on Radio 4 Featured blog posts How to price craft work business advice for craftspeople Which is the best spoon carving knife hook knife any fool can make something more complex but it takes real genius to make things simple again building the world s most iconic viking ship part 1 Welsh love spoons and cawl spoons how
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/06/07/new-boots-and-panties/ (2016-05-01)

  • Sharing craft at North House Folk School - Robin Wood
    place I would recommend a visit even if it means a significant bit of traveling One of my students however had driven from Texas 1500 miles in a huge camper truck that did 8 miles to the gallon As a committed environmentalist I would not recommend doing that You may also like to read Teaching and learning in the USA Birch Bark Canoe build the final chapter China a craftsman s view new boots and panties Birch bark canoe trip to the boundary waters Black Friday One Response to Sharing craft at North House Folk School Dean Squires December 7 2015 at 12 40 pm I have taken a couple of courses at North house There is magic in the air at that wonderful place I guess you could say I am one of the lucky ones as I can drive there in about 3 or 4 hours Reply Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Comment Search Blog Posts News and social media My newsletter has updates on new products courses and events Sign up here Latest blog posts Creative goodness The story of a spoon Spooncarving knife making in Sheffield Do what you love The Man Who Made Things From Trees me on Radio 4 Featured blog posts How to price craft work business advice for craftspeople Which is the best spoon carving knife hook knife any fool can make something more complex but it takes real genius to make things simple again building the world s most iconic viking ship part 1 Welsh love spoons and cawl spoons how to make a new axe handle What is the best knife for wood carving and whittling which is the best axe for carving bushcraft general use how to carve
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/25/sharing-craft-at-north-house-folk-school/comment-page-1/ (2016-05-01)


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